On the road

It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I am not too sure where the time has gone while I am slowly getting things together for my undergraduate thesis in philosophy, robotics, and the broad category of transhumanism.  I had never imagined that I would have been watching so many 1970s dystopian films and eerily creeping YouTube for the staggered erratic motion of our mechanical creations.

When I’m not studying the things to do with my thesis I have been listening to countless hours of Grateful Dead music.  I was in need of a break from the books I had to read for my schoolwork.  I decided to finally read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. I was aware of the main characters of this book only through my previous reading of Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid acid test.  I loved this book when I first read it and was excited to read a book of what I thought to be a precursor to that scene. Kerouac’s quick paced writing, lucid recollection, and the portrait of Neal Cassidy, bring an insight into the beat generation. on the road is even better than I would’ve expected.  I highly recommend it and find it difficult to shake the uncanny feeling of wanting to go on a road trip the entire time while reading this book, feeling as if I am already on one. I look forward to reading Kerouac’s Dharma Bums.

What else could possibly tell you… I decided to use Dragon naturally speaking dictation to for a break from regular keyboard&.  I am not sure why, as this method of writing is actually more difficult, for instead of writing the words as I see the screen they escape from my head  through my length.  I am actually staring up at the ceiling, speaking to myself in an empty room alone with my thoughts and voice.  I wonder what Kerouac and his friends would think of this style.  It certainly would be your way to encapsulate Cassady’s intense speed and train of thought.  I read on Amazon.com that bespoke the first third was excellent but didn’t seem to keep up with the fastest man alive, the pen was just too slow.

I just picked up the Grateful Dead CD rocking the cradle Egypt 1978 which is a live CD set from Egypt along with DVD video of their concert.  The DVD is okay, but the concert is what truly shines.  I’m really loving the grateful dead channel on Sirius satellite radio.  This channel has unlimited nonstop Grateful Dead 24/7 and features live concerts rare covers and interviews from people in and intimate with the band.  Below is the video of the Grateful Dead performing the song Cassidy,  inspired by Neal Cassidy.